In a surprising move leading into opening night, the Phoenix Suns have released fourth-year guard Archie Goodwin, reports The Vertical’s Shams Charania.


Phoenix Suns' Archie Goodwin (20) drives next to Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

In a surprising move leading into opening night, the Phoenix Suns have released fourth-year guard Archie Goodwin, reports The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Goodwin was entering his fourth season in Phoenix and was set to become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season, assuming the Suns did not agree to an extension on his rookie deal before Oct. 31.

The move comes as the Suns near a decision on the final 15-man roster. It appeared veteran guard John Jenkins and undrafted rookie forward Derrick Jones Jr. were battling out the final roster spot, but it is possible both make the team with Goodwin off the roster.

Jenkins, whose deadline for his contract to be picked up on Sunday passed, was at practice on Monday, as was Jones. Jenkins told the media after Monday practice that he had not heard from the Suns about his future.